World

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September 14, 2014 | NPR · The Swedish collective makes irresistible trance/dance music that doubles as hypnotic hippie hoodoo. Along the way, GOAT captures the spirit of the ’60s in its guitar meanderings and acid tones.
 

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September 14, 2014 | NPR · It began as a conversation over a beer. Now, a collaboration between musicians across the Nile basin has expanded to concert tours, albums and courses at universities in the U.S. and East Africa.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas’ 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
 

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August 27, 2014 | NPR · African psychedelia, funked-up Indian bhangra and haunting music from France by way of Cuba — a deep treasure trove of cuts to end your summer on a high note.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from Cavalo down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the ’30s.
 

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August 7, 2014 | WXPN · A look at unexpected musical hybrids: what happens when Mexican and Indian styles meet, and more.
 

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August 7, 2014 | NPR · Jason Hamacher wasn’t trained as a photographer, a musicologist or a member of a religious community. The former Frodus drummer simply felt compelled to document this music.
 

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August 6, 2014 | WXPN · Hear the 82-year-old Jamaican guitarist, arranger and legend perform four songs in the studio.
 

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August 3, 2014 | NPR · The Trinidadian soca star is ready to follow up on the success of his breakthrough single, “Differentology.”
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · This month, we’re rounding up five fabulous reissues from Spain, Cambodia, Nigeria, Greece and Algeria, made between the 1920s and ’70s. They still sound fresh and innovative.
 

 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters “entirely destroyed” a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · At final count, the “no” votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question “for a generation.”
 

Arts & Life

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Terry Gilliam’s latest sci-fi drama stars Christoph Waltz as a computer whiz working to decipher the titular equation. But the film’s future is disappointingly similar to those we’ve seen many times.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Kevin Smith’s horror story about a podcaster who gets his kicks by humiliating others winds up making primarily its own director and cast look bad.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Mia Wasikowska takes a long and lonely trek across the Australian desert in a film that leaves her character a bit unformed, but features a strong central performance and a surprising friendship.
 

Music

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it’s time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.
 

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · It begins, “Do you remember?” — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Chris Staples’ American Soft is one of the discoveries of the year. This video captures the song’s feeling of being unsettled as it follows a trio of characters who roam the streets in slow motion.
 

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